Tongkat Ali Review
was excited to write a tongkat ali review after some of the excellent write-ups I've seen on the web. This stuff is the new kid of the block of phytoandrogens, with the first real studies of androgenic and aphrodesiac properties coming out in 1997 (1) and widespread supplement availability only recently.
Tongkat Ali Review: A new phytoandrogen
Several dozen studies have been published on the aphrodisiac properties of tongkat ali, another name for the extract from Eurycoma longifolia jack, a small tree found in southeast Asia (1,2,3). Traditionally used as an antimalarial, a group in Malaysia started to examine the effects of the extract on rodents in the 1990's. The extracts from these plants have yielded a series of new compounds called quassinoids that share some structure similarity to steroids, but are in fact quite different (4). The exact mechanisms of action haven't been studied at all.
Although the folk medicine background of tongkat ali support it's use as a natural sex enhancer and generally suggest that it is not acutely harmful to take, the lack of human clinical data on this plant extract is one reason for caution . Of all the supplements I tried out, this one in particular is a case where I am most cautious about taking on a regular basis.
Tongkat Ali Review: The Experiment
Like all supplements in this review series, I ordered tongkat ali from amazon.com and took two pills per day Wednesday through Saturday. Like all other supplements in this series, I noticed nothing special in terms of my body functions. So as far as I'm concerned, they are all harmless in the short term.
Tongkat Ali Review: The Results
I was fairly impressed with tongkat ali on the first day I took it. Immediately, I could tell that I was having more body sensations and awareness than usual. I also experienced an increase in sexual thoughts and feelings throughout the day. While taking tongkat ali, I got a strong sense of manliness as I walked around through my day. It's a sense of weightiness, the way guys who are bodybuilders walk around like they own the place. Tongkat ali did that for me. Moreover, this effect felt different than other phytoandrogens. We're not just talking about feeling more sexual. We're talking about feeling more present in your body.
In the sex department, I wasn't as impressed. I definitely felt more inclined to have sex than I do under normal circumstances, but compared to a standard ginseng product, I didn't feel like my sexual mojo was quite as intense. This observation actually creates a great opportunity...
Tongkat Ali Review: Part of a winning combination
Ginseng is the best sex enhancer I've taken, hands down. But the best of the effects only show up when you're in the sack. Sure you think of sex more, but that's more a case of turning the volume nob up on what's already there. Tongkat ali provides a whole new range of effects-- masculine physical presence. Why not take both at once?
That's exactly what I did.
My final experiment was to take two pills of tongkat ali and one pill of ginseng both at breakfast and dinner on a Saturday. When saturday night came around, I was a stallion in the sack like I haven't been in years. I also felt physically dominant, just manhandling girls all night long. An exciting night indeed. The bonus for the safety-conscious experimenter is that you are reducing your exposure to these chemicals, not requiring a Wedsneday to Saturday lead-in to see effects.
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1. Ang, HH, Sim, MK. "Eurycoma longfolia Jack enhances libido in sexually experienced male rats." Experim. Anim. 46 (1997) 287-90.
2. Chan, KL, Low, BS, Teh, CH, Das, PK. "The effect of eurycoma longifolia on sperm quality of male rats." Nat Prod Commun. 4 (2009) 1331-6.
3. Ang, HH, Lee, KL, Kiyoshi, M. "Sexual arousal in sexually sluggish old male rats after oral administration of Eurycoma longifolia Jack." J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 15 (2004) 303-9.
4. Ang, HH, Hitotsuyanagi, Y, Fukaya, H, Takeya, K. "Quassinoids from Eurycoma longifolia." Phytochemistry. 59 (2002) 833-7.
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